Bridging the gap in Brooklyn

Nick Myall
07 Jun 2018

A Kickstarter campaign is underway to raise funds for a floating passageway constructed of timber to link communities in New York

Brooklyn-based studio, CRÈME / Jun Aizaki Architecture & Design, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a new civic design project, Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor. Between Brooklyn and Queens, New York there is a unique opportunity to improve pedestrian transit, create green space, and connect the communities of Long Island City and Greenpoint - a new district Aizaki likes to call, “LongPoint.” CRÈME sees an opportunity to utilize their expertise and

foresight to initiate a much needed commuting solution in these unique neighborhoods by creating a path over the creek and across the LIC rail yard.

Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor, a floating passageway constructed out of durable timber, will serve as a safe and efficient pedestrian and bike walkway to reacquaint Long Island City and Greenpoint via the Newton Creek. The proposed bridge will extend beyond the creek, past 54th Ave in Long Island City, to another bridge that will cross over the LIRR LIC Rail yard. One of the primary goals of the Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor is to give people access to more transportation options. In addition to creating a pedestrian lane and a separate bike lane, the corridor would grant easier access to both the G train and 7 Train.

“Our practice is defined by solutions-driven principles,” says Jun Aizaki, CRÈME’s Principal. “Tackling a problem this large is a first, but creating a solution with the end user in mind is only natural. Despite the difficulty of this feat, we are confident that New York City needs a rectify this problem as the neighborhoods of Long Island CIty and Greenpoint grow exponentially.”

CRÈME is launching a Kickstarter campaign on May 17 that will run for 30 days. The primary goal of $50,000 will fund a feasibility study and a light installation of the bridge, to be unveiled in Fall 2018. 

These neighborhoods were once connected by the Vernon Avenue Bridge, which provided multiple transportation options including automobile, horse carriage, trolley, and pedestrian foot traffic. The Vernon Ave Bridge was eventually demolished for structural reasons, and thus became a lost piece of New York history. The Pulaski Bridge was constructed a short way up the creek, and replaced the Vernon Ave Bridge in 1954. Today, the Pulaski Bridge is the only point of access between the two neighborhoods and while it functions for connecting Brooklyn and Queens, it is a large bridge, utilized mostly by multi-lane traffic. Although the bridge has a bike lane, an additional option is necessary.

Two open spaces on either side of the creek serve as reminders of the former bridge - Manhattan Ave Park on the Brooklyn side, and an ad hoc parking lot on the Queens side. Here, we see an opportunity to revitalize an underused area in a way that benefits both the community and the environment. With populations growing exponentially in Long Island City and Greenpoint, now is the critical time to seize a long missed opportunity to provide transportation options and jump-start community engagement before the need becomes too overwhelming. Not only is this transportation corridor a necessary addition to both neighbourhoods, the connection will feel completely natural because the original layout of both neighbourhoods counted on the Vernon Blvd.

Timber Bridge at LongPoint Corridor is the missing link that has the power to reconnect these two neighborhoods, offer alternate commuting solutions, increase community engagement, bring attention to the area’s environmental concerns, and conserve the Newtown Creek waterfront.

Find out about Kickstarter here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/658968943/timber-bridge-at-longpoint-corridor

Nick Myall

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